Wondering what we can do really. In a bit of a despondent way. The update I posted this week illustrates how public bodies can simply delay. With seemingly unlimited doses of delay powder. A sort of modern
wday ‘smoking out’ policy. Earlier today I found out that Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) are delaying their response to my Freedom of Information request about their ‘investigation’ because a Public Interest Test is being carried out.
I don’t know what this means and the FOI dept at OCC were unable to enlighten me beyond the fact it will involve a delay of up to 20 working days. Another month potentially. It would be bloody brilliant if they could soup it up a bit and complete this test (test?) in days rather than weeks but given the weighty blanket of on going delay, I’m not going to anticipate anything. July 22 is the new date.
I don’t have a bar anymore. That was crushed somewhere along the way. When we realised that these public bodies can do whatever they want to devastated parents/families and no one will stop them. I now expect the worse and, so far, that has been spot on.
Another parent, Nic, whose child died a few months before LB posted this on my blog yesterday.
Nic regularly posted comments in support, in shared grief, rage and despair at the impossibility of trying to get accountability, justice or anything to make sense of the apparently casual and brutal chucking aside of much loved children’s lives. One of the first comments she made included the request ‘More photos please’.
So here’s another pic from that holiday in 2010. When we were walking a completely different path. And, on a more cheery note, the #JusticeforLB flag is returning to Glastonbury this year with the legendary Lawthom Goodley crew. Bloody good timing in the circumstances.